Maison Lesage: Haute Couture Embroidery
The definitive monograph on the most luxurious and illustrious Haute Couture embroidery house on the earth, featuring specially commissioned photography of Maison Lesage’s historic creations.
The most prestigious Parisian Haute Couture artisans, Maison Lesage has collaborated with the biggest names in fashion, from Chanel, Schiaparelli, and Yves Saint Laurent, to Cristobal Balenciaga, Valentino, and Alexander McQueen. Founded in 1924, when the Lesage circle of relatives bought the eminent firm of Michonet (then a supplier to such fashion legends as the House of Worth), Maison Lesage has created exceptional embroidery motifs―continuously requiring hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of precise beadwork―for star fashion designers for decades.
Perhaps best known as of late for the masterpieces it creates for Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel collections, the house used to be bought by Chanel in 2002 as a part of its Paraffection group to verify the survival of the house’s unique history and bizarre skills.
Illustrated with specially commissioned photography of the house’s historic creations and illuminated with texts by Patrick Mauries, who has written extensively on Chanel, Maison Lesage is both a tribute to exceptional craftsmanship and a journey through a couple of hundred years of fashion at its most sumptuous and inventive. This book will be coveted by someone interested in luxury fashion.
200 illustrations in color
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